By Colleen Carlson - University of MN Extension
Due to drought conditions across much of Minnesota, many goat and sheep producers will find it necessary to take a closer look at the economics, nutritional content and availability of feedstuffs to better manage their herd and flocks' nutritional needs throughout the winter season. The University of Minnesota Extension is hosting a webinar on from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, November 4, 2021 to discuss the nutritional requirements of small ruminants at every age and stage of growth and reproduction. Farmers, 4-Hers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and hobby farmers are invited to attend.
Feedstuffs, grain and forage can vary in nutritional quality especially in a drought year. It may be necessary to test feed stuffs and provide supplements to meet the additional energy and protein requirements of a balanced diet for goats and sheep at each stage of growth.
Laura Kieser of Dairyland Labs will give an overview of testing feedstuffs for nutritional content along with sampling tips. Kieser will discuss how near infrared (NIR) and wet chemistry analytical testing is used to assure accurate and timely quality evaluations of feeds and why molds and mycotoxin reduce palatability of feeds and grain.
Phil Berg, Lamb and Wool Instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College will lend his many years of experience of working with sheep producers to discuss why the nutrient requirements differ based on age, stage of production, weight, breed type, and the environment.
The webinar will also feature a producer spotlight, Noah and Sara Van Beck from Stearns County sharing their experience with raising 600 nannies and marketing goats in Minnesota. Finally, attendees are asked to participate in a panel discussion with Laura Kieser, Phil Berg and Troy Salzer, Extension Educator, St. Louis County on the special feeding considerations and availability of alternative feedstuffs.
Pre-registration is required. Register at: z.umn.edu/TCGoat21.
The Zoom link will be emailed to you immediately after you register. If you are unable to attend the live session, you will receive the recording via email. Any questions please contact: Brenda Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen Carlson at email@example.com